Thesis

Does intervention work? : implications of the Juvenile Justice Intervention Program on juvenile delinquency

Through the lens of Control theory and Social Learning theory, a juvenile delinquency intervention program is examined by looking at the level of effectiveness of the Juvenile Justice Intervention Program (JJIP) on the reduction of juvenile delinquency. The JJIP was designed to target and serve high-risk first-time offenders, with an overall goal of reducing juvenile delinquency through intensive supervision and programming, and family intervention. Although there have been many implementations of juvenile delinquency intervention programs, there are very few demonstrably effective, and empirically valid examples of such programs. Therefore, this study asks the question, is the Juvenile Justice Intervention Program effective at reducing rates of probation violation, arrests, and incarceration, along with drug and alcohol use. Using a classic pre-test/post-test design, this program’s ultimate effectiveness will be determined by analyzing previously compiled data on all the juveniles who are in the program, in comparison to a reference group of juveniles who meet the same criteria as JJIP program participants, but whom have not participated in the JJIP program.

Thesis (M.A., Sociology) -- California State University, Sacramento, 2011.

Through the lens of Control theory and Social Learning theory, a juvenile delinquency intervention program is examined by looking at the level of effectiveness of the Juvenile Justice Intervention Program (JJIP) on the reduction of juvenile delinquency. The JJIP was designed to target and serve high-risk first-time offenders, with an overall goal of reducing juvenile delinquency through intensive supervision and programming, and family intervention. Although there have been many implementations of juvenile delinquency intervention programs, there are very few demonstrably effective, and empirically valid examples of such programs. Therefore, this study asks the question, is the Juvenile Justice Intervention Program effective at reducing rates of probation violation, arrests, and incarceration, along with drug and alcohol use. Using a classic pre-test/post-test design, this program’s ultimate effectiveness will be determined by analyzing previously compiled data on all the juveniles who are in the program, in comparison to a reference group of juveniles who meet the same criteria as JJIP program participants, but whom have not participated in the JJIP program.

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